Don’t Forget Your Boots
Chris Duke of the Madagascar Project

Chris Duke of the Madagascar Project

August 5, 2019
In this podcast, I speak with Chris Duke of the Phoenix Conservancy Project, who is heading up the newly formed Madagascar Project. 
 
We speak about Madagascar, a country that a lot of people, including conservation groups kinda write off as a lost cause. In particular, Chris is working to protect something called the Lost Forest of Ivohboro that wasn’t discovered until 2016. 
 
Chris also explains that while Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, it is still one of the most undervalued ecosystems, even to other conservation groups. 
 
Below are the links for the spices that would directly help the rainforest: 
  
 
 
 
 
Interview with Research Assistant Sara Marriott

Interview with Research Assistant Sara Marriott

July 16, 2019

In this podcast, I speak with Sara Marriott, a research assistant and Ph.D. student in Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. Sara blows my mind about the state worldwide fisheries, why most fish sold in America is imported (even if caught in US waters) and once and for all explains how to know if your seafood is fresh, safe, and sustainable. 

Amelia Mason of Skywatch Bird Rescue

Amelia Mason of Skywatch Bird Rescue

June 5, 2019

In this podcast, I chat with Amelia Mason, the founder of Skywatch Bird Rescue, about her organization, what to do when you think you see an injured bird, and how she saved thousands of birds from Hurricane Florence.

Fair warning, this is a bit of a louder episode, with Mille and other birds chiming in periodically throughout the recording. With that in mind, I tried to edit as best as I could.

Dr Paul O’Donoghue of the Scottish Wildcat Haven

Dr Paul O’Donoghue of the Scottish Wildcat Haven

May 10, 2019

In this podcast, I sit down with Dr. Paul O'Donoghue, a wildlife biologist and the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Scottish Wildcat Haven. The Scottish Wildcat is the most endangered mammal in Britain and one of the rarest animals in the world. These Wildcats, which used to inhabit all of Great Britain, now can only be found in the Scottish Highlands, and are facing genetic extinction largely due to inbreeding with domestic cats.

Paul explains how Wildcats went from being deeply embedded and revered in Scottish culture, even appearing on clans emblems, to now going virtually extinct.

Mike Flynn of the North Carolina Coastal Federation

Mike Flynn of the North Carolina Coastal Federation

April 30, 2019

In this podcast, I sit down with Mike Flynn, the Coastal Advocate for the northeast regional office of the North Carolina Coastal Federation. Mike is a wealth of knowledge about environmental policy and action, particularly in the North Carolina area. During the discussion, we chat about offshore drilling, advancing oyster restoration, and implementation of a new plan called "living shoreline". 

Neagha Leonard of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project

Neagha Leonard of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project

March 22, 2019

In this episode, I sit down with Neagha Leonard of the Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project, home to the second most endangered primate in the world, the Cat Ba Langur. We talk about how it is so difficult to analyze and protect the Cat Ba Langur, what makes an animal part of a species, and why eco-tourism might not be the answer for protecting all wildlife in all parts of the world. 

Ben Stone of The Phoenix Conservancy

Ben Stone of The Phoenix Conservancy

February 28, 2019

In this podcast, I chat with Ben Stone of The Phoenix Conservancy, who talks about how he connects with people disinterested in conservation, how he balances consideration of the amount of the ecosystem remaining, direct threats, and opportunities before engaging in any projects, and how the Trump administration has had a particularly interesting effect on his non-profit.

Craig Sholley of African Wildlife Foundation

Craig Sholley of African Wildlife Foundation

January 13, 2019

In this podcast episode, Craig and I speak about his storied career as a conservationist, his work with Dian Fossey, the successful trend of African mountain gorillas, the role of eco-tourism in the mountain gorillas population rise, and how the African Wildlife Foundation helps both African wildlife as well as the local inhabitants on a daily basis. 

Tim Holbrook of Masonboro Reserve Oyster Co

Tim Holbrook of Masonboro Reserve Oyster Co

December 18, 2018

Today I'm joined by Tim Holbrook of Masonboro Reserve Oyster Co, who, among other things, chats about why North Carolina—which could be the Napa Valley of oysters—is lagging behind Virginia in oyster production, how his farm was impacted by Hurricane Florence, and why you actually can eat oysters in months that don't have an "R".

Author, Speaker, and Conservationist Sonia Faruqi

Author, Speaker, and Conservationist Sonia Faruqi

December 2, 2018

In this episode, I talk with critically acclaimed author Sonia Faruqi, where we chat about ocean conservation, her writing process, and her newest book The Oyster Thief.